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Wildebeests Calving Season Brings up strange-coloured Gnu in the Serengeti

The new wildebeests’ calving season is nigh but this time among the more than 500,000 new gnus expected to see the light of the day, there are some strange coloured specimens.

Spotted in the southern edge of the Serengeti Plains a newly born wildebeest calf, wearing a white coat of fur is currently the highlight of the world’s most famous annual mass birth of wildlife species.

A photo of the white wildebeest baby was taken by two safari guides Titus and Bryson and made available through both the Great Migration Camps and the Tanzania for Wildlife sites.

According to observers, the new white Gnu could be an Albino or possibly leucistic wildebeest.

The calf was born within the wilderness striding the south parts of the Serengeti plains and the adjacent Maswa Game Reserve.

The strange-coloured wildebeest was snapped while grazing with its mother and other ungulates in the South-West zone of the Serengeti National Park.

Gnu kid on the plains

But what do experts say about the new development in the Serengeti Wildebeests’ calving season?

“Wildebeests normally struggle with their eyesights and possibly also hearing,” one observes.

The animals usually moving in large groups are short sighted, depending on mostly zebras for guidance during long-trips of annual migrations.

Keeping tightly together also provides the wildebeests with walls of protection from carnivores.

Now when added to the snow-white sun reflecting colour which may stand out miles away from the eyes of predators, survival for the new baby may not exactly be that easy.

A number of Safari Guides and Tour Operators in Serengeti are now opening their eyes wide to see if there are more strange-colored wildebeest babies being born in the endless plains.

It is being estimated by zoological experts that around half-a-million new wildebeest babies get born in the Southern parts of Serengeti and Northern Ngorongoro each calving season between late January and mid-February of each year.

Perhaps the second most spectacular event in Serengeti after the River Mara crossing when more than 8000 new wildebeest calves get born in a single day.

This year new babies featuring new colors are also making scene.

Last year, Tarangire National Park saw the emergence of three white colored buffaloes, a white hyena, and cream baboon.

It thus seems like the trend is extending onto newly born wildebeests in 2023.

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